Why is this Passover different from (almost) all other Passovers? On all other Passovers, we watch an aunt or uncle gnaw on a lamb shank bone after drinking several cups of bad red wine. On all other Passovers, we make a mental note to eat parsley by itself more often. On all other Passovers, we hide the afikomen under a piano bench. On all other Passovers, we wear clothing that doesn’t fall into the athleisure category out of fear of rebukement.
But, like 2020, your Passover 2021 probably won’t be typical. It’s possible you’re not seeing your whole seder crew, you don’t have the energy to put together a big meal for a smaller-than-normal group, or you only just remembered the holiday thanks to a meme of Tommy Pickles dressed as Moses in A Rugrats Passover. Luckily, plenty of NYC’s Jewish diasporic restaurants are offering Passover meals to-go so you can celebrate the holiday at home without tons of prep. Here’s what to order.
The Pesach Spots
If you’re alone and need support in the form of brisket while you discuss the newly-released Seinfeld Haggadah over Zoom (appropriately called “The Haggadah About Nothing”), The Ribbon on the UWS has solo Passover meals available for pick-up and delivery. Each one costs $34.99 per person and comes with gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, rotisserie chicken or brisket, mashed sweet potatoes, latkes, macaroons, and a liter of wine. They’re available here from March 27th to April 4th.
Ashkenazi food hogs up much of the Jewish food spotlight in NYC (“hog” is figurative here, of course). For those looking to celebrate Passover with Persian and Sephardic cooking, Kubeh in Greenwich Village is offering a special to-go menu for the first and second nights, Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th. Their dinner box includes things like matzo ball soup, brisket with pomegranate sauce, and Persian charoset (which is typically darker in color than its Ashkenazi counterpart, and is made with dates, pomegranates, pistachios, and other nuts). You can also add a seder plate for $15 per person, as well as Israeli wine for $26 per bottle. Pre-order your to-go meal before Tuesday, March 23rd through their website here.
Forget trying to recreate your family’s matzo brei, why not eat a leg of duck while you contemplate plagues in your apartment? This Israeli delivery-only project started a couple of months ago from a chef who used to work at Nur, Shoo Shoo, and Lamalo. In addition to their typical weekly bread-and-dip packages, Parchment has a special Passover box with more deluxe versions of what’s normally on a seder plate (like charoset made with vanilla jam, lacto-fermented horseradish, endive salad, duck leg with apricots and roasted potatoes, and more). Each box costs $39 per person, and there’s an option to add on chopped liver or matzo ball soup as well. Capacity is limited so place your order by Tuesday, March 23rd.
NYC’s Newest Pop-Ups
No matter if your family’s seder consists of reading every single page of the haggadah in Hebrew or discussing Audre Lorde quotes like you’re all enrolled in a college seminar, there should be flourless chocolate cake present. In addition to FCC, Breads Bakery has other flourless cookies and cakes available for pick-up and delivery like almond joy macaroons and fruit tarts. You can also order some Passover staples a la carte like matzo brei, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish with horseradish, and charoset - and the entire Passover feast that feeds 4-6 people for $295. Pre-order for pick-up or delivery through their website here.
If you’re hosting seder for your goy roommates this year, your energy might be best spent leading a rousing round of Dayenu - and not cooking. Try 12 Chairs’ shabbat box for Passover. It comes with salads and dips like matbucha and chazaret, as well as soup, your choice of entree, and malabi for dessert. This Israeli cafe’s package feeds four people and is available for pick-up in Williamsburg or Soho or delivery on Friday, March 26th. Just make sure you place your order before Wednesday March 24th at 4pm.
In case you want a one-and-done ordering situation for Passover, this Williamsburg all-day spot has a seder feast available for pick-up on Saturday, March 27th. It comes with everything you need while you recline, including a seder plate, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, potato kugel, sweet and sour brisket, a cookie box, and a bottle of funky red wine. Each to-go feast serves two people and costs $150 - and you can place your order here.
Maybe you have seder taken care of this year and you’re looking to supplement with a couple of exciting Passover dishes. Russ & Daughters is selling a la carte dessert options like chocolate matzo toffee, marshmallow twists, flourless chocolate cake, and assorted macaroons. Or you could order the whole kit and kaboodle Passover meal for 4-8 and 8-10 people. Russ & Daughters offers pick-up and delivery in all five boroughs, and nationwide shipping via Goldbelly.
Sami & Susu
This Mediterranean restaurant that opened within the last year has $60 per person Passover dinners that come with eight different dishes, including artichoke rice pilaf, chopped liver, wild mushroom kugel, and spicy Moroccon chraime. Each person gets to choose two entrees, and they can accommodate packages for up to six people. Place your order for delivery (anywhere in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens) or pick-up on the Lower East Side here.
NYC’s New Restaurant Openings
Katz’s makes great matzo ball soup all year, and getting their Passover meal is a good excuse to reunite with it - while also eating honey layer cake and brisket. The famous Houston Street deli has nationwide shipping available in case you want to send someone you love a seder in-a-box, as well as Passover packages available for pick-up and delivery for $33.45 per person. Each pick-up and delivery order comes with your choice of starter, main, and dessert, or you can order a la carte items like a seder plate or mini stuffed cabbages.
Liebman's Kosher Deli
If your Jewish bakery allegiances lie with Liebman’s Deli in the Bronx (which has been open since 1953), you can order their massive Passover meal kit for delivery as well as nationwide shipping. It comes with enough soup, kugel, brisket, carrot tsimmes, pickles, charoset, and gravy for six people.